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01-07-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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Question about focusing ring on DA*300mm/4

I was hoping someone with a DA*300/4 could answer a quick question for me. Is it normal for the focus ring to have a very, very small amount of play in the forward/back direction? I would say it's less than 0.1mm of movement, but I don't have any movement on my 50-135 so I just didn't know if that was normal for this particular lens design. Thanks.

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Mine does. I once read it was due to the quick-shift feature but I can't explain why same does not exist for the 50-135.
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Thanks for the reply. I was just curious. It doesn't seem loose or anything, it seems like it's meant to be that way, I just wanted to confirm that. Now I just have to decide whether I can justify keeping a lens I really don't need

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Mine does. I once read it was due to the quick-shift feature but I can't explain why same does not exist for the 50-135.
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Now I just have to decide whether I can justify keeping a lens I really don't need
Depends on the type of shooting you do. At close range it quickly becomes less than 300mm (due to its internal focusing design, or so I have read) and I find myself using it for 95% of my outdoor shots since many garden shots looked better at 6' with the 300mm than with my 100mm macro lens. It was also the biggest quality lens I was comfortable swinging around on a K20D plus grip all day. Getting it new for under $1k sealed the deal. Lastly, after lusting for the Sigma 100-300mm f/4, I realized that almost all my nature shots to date with a 55-300mm zoom ended up being at 300mm. So I went with the prime.

Just my story, hope you find happiness. Maybe in the form of a 1.4x TC for the lens or something.

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Up until now, I'd never owned a long telephoto lens. The longest lens I used to own was a 50-200, but I sold that several months ago because I was planning on picking up a 55-300 (which I eventually did, today actually). Anyway, one night I found a great deal on the DA*300 right before Xmas (w/ the help of some bing cashback) and decided to jump on it before the deal went away. I just pulled the lens out of the box a couple days ago and I have to say it is quite an amazing lens. So sharp wide open and built like a tank. Doesn't exactly balance well on my Kx though. Kind of wish I had either the K10D or K20D I recently sold (with a grip) to balance it out a bit better.

For what it's worth, I actually do have the Tamron 1.4x Pz-AF that works with the SDM. Tried it out and it does work pretty well with the 300 (a lot better than with the 55-300). Granted I only tried it indoors in a pretty poorly lit room, so I expect it would work at least as well outdoors in decent light.


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Depends on the type of shooting you do. At close range it quickly becomes less than 300mm (due to its internal focusing design, or so I have read) and I find myself using it for 95% of my outdoor shots since many garden shots looked better at 6' with the 300mm than with my 100mm macro lens. It was also the biggest quality lens I was comfortable swinging around on a K20D plus grip all day. Getting it new for under $1k sealed the deal. Lastly, after lusting for the Sigma 100-300mm f/4, I realized that almost all my nature shots to date with a 55-300mm zoom ended up being at 300mm. So I went with the prime.

Just my story, hope you find happiness. Maybe in the form of a 1.4x TC for the lens or something.
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